Upcoming 'Pokémon: Let's Go' Game for Nintendo Switch Will Offer Integration With Pokémon Go on iOS

The Pokémon Company today announced the upcoming launch of Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, two games designed for the Nintendo Switch.

The two new Pokémon: Let's Go games are designed to connect to Pokémon Go on the iPhone and other mobile devices and offer many of the gameplay functions that are available in Pokémon Go.


Players will be able to catch Pokémon using Pokémon Go on iOS or Android and then transfer those Pokémon over to the switch. Any of the original 151 Pokémon from the Kanto region can be transferred over to the Switch using Bluetooth.

As demonstrated in the video accompanying the announcement, a player captures a Dratini on a smartphone and then pulls out a Switch to transfer the Dratini to something called the "GO PARK" where the player is able to interact with the Pokémon.

The video also shows a Nintendo Switch user sending a present to a Pokémon Go player on an Android device, suggesting gifts will also be able to be exchanged cross device.

Pokémon Let's Go gameplay was inspired by Pokémon Yellow, where Pikachu followed the player throughout the game, and The Pokémon Company says the two games are designed for players "taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world."
"With the launch of Pokémon GO in 2016 and the global sensation that ensued, millions of new players were introduced to the world of Pokémon," said Junichi Masuda, director at GAME FREAK inc. "For many people, Pokémon GO was their first experience with the Pokémon brand, so we have crafted these two new titles to be an accessible entry point to our core RPG series while giving our longtime fans a new way to play Pokémon."
Gameplay in Pokémon Let's Go, as with other Pokémon games, consists of capturing, leveling, and fighting Pokémon. Local multiplayer gameplay is supported, with two Pokémon catchers able to team up to catch Pokémon.

The Pokémon Company says that in addition to integration with Pokémon Go on Switch, "something special" will be coming to the world of Pokémon Go in the future "making the connection between both games even more appealing for trainers."

Pokémon Let's Go for the Switch will be accompanied by a new Poké Ball Plus accessory that can be used in lieu of a standard Nintendo Switch controller for capturing and interacting with Pokémon. The Poké Ball Plus is also compatible with Pokémon Go and can be used to catch Pokémon instead of the existing Pokémon Go Plus accessory.

The Poké Ball Plus offers motion controls and it lights up, vibrates, and plays sounds. Players who capture a Pokémon using the Poké Ball Plus will be able to feel it move around inside the ball.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! will be released on November 16, 2018. The Poké Ball Plus will be available for purchase at retailers on the same day.

Nintendo today also launched a new free-to-play game on the Nintendo Switch called Pokémon Quest, which is coming to mobile devices in late June.


Pokémon Quest, an RPG developed by Game Freak, is set in Tumblecube Island, where everything is a cube, including Pokémon. The idea is to travel through the island hunting for treasure, capturing Pokémon, discovering new areas, decorating a base camp, and more.



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17 months ago

This would have been great when people still played the game.


Translation: I quit it so everyone else in the world must have.
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17 months ago

This would have been great when people still played the game.


A lot of people still play the game. It's just not in the crazy millions that we've seen for the three months after it was launched.
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17 months ago
This game is still popular. I play with my son (5 years old) nearly every week. He loves it. On the park near me are lots of people walking around playing it. When there are community days expect to see groups of 20-30 people playing it (children and adults). When I went to buy my Apple Watch there was 3 parents and about 12 children playing it. One of them noticed I was playing with my son and shouted "I got shiney Charizard!".

So, I think it's really popular near me.

I haven't spent a penny. Coins, balls, can all be obtained free by walking.

The switch game looks awesome!
Rating: 8 Votes
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17 months ago
All I can think of right now is the tens of millions of Switches that were just sold as a result of that trailer.

Pokemon is what sells Nintendo’s dedicated handheld systems. I expect it’ll do the same thing on the Switch.

Although with these names, I wonder how lopsided this is going to be in favor of the Pikachu version. I expect any of the original starters would have had more balanced sells against Pikachu, but Eevee? It’s a popular Pokémon, don’t get me wrong, but Pikachu is the mascot of the entire series and probably rivals Mickey Mouse in how many people know it.
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17 months ago
This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to buy a Switch. Even at 30 years old, this makes me smile. Game looks awesome and the integration with GO on mobile is sick.
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17 months ago

This would have been great when people still played the game.


I'm pretty sure Pokemon Go made a billion dollars last. Pretty sure. If thats true, somebody is still playing.
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17 months ago

Translation: I quit it so everyone else in the world must have.


Could also be "I'm miserable and hate people having fun".
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17 months ago
Please can we actually fight pokemon too? Or is it all stopid throwing now?

Edit: actual pokemon in wild fighting. Not only trainers.
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17 months ago

Nah.. I think you're mistaken. The game came out almost exactly 2 years ago which means GREATER THAN 1 year ago = "YEARS". It was a massive hit/fad for a month or two. Then, MOST people left. AKA more than 50%. I don't think I need to teach these words here, but I've spelled it out as best I can. Sure, a LOT of people still play, but more than 50% have left, as you can compare from the numbers at release to the numbers Niantic released just a few months ago.


ah 'almost exactly'.. is that like 'military intelligence?' If you want to be exact, it came out exactly July 6, 2016. Not two years ago. Less. And certainly not that long ago as to be 'stale' according to your original post. I was giving you the benefit of the doubt when I thought you were talking about the card game which really IS old and currently not nearly as large as it used to be. But sure, round up, split hairs on percentages, doesn't take away that you are just wrong that it should be dropped. That was your premise right? So stale that it should be dropped by the company? Its a money maker enjoying a success that most mobile games only dream of. If you look at the apple chart of top five grossing games, there it is.

Its going to continue to make money the likes of which most never see. And it will make money on the Switch too.

Cant wait to see it.
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17 months ago

I wasn’t aware that it’s still being played that heavy. Oh well, it will make some people happy I guess.


Like someone said, while maybe not as insane crazy as release, the town square has like 6 pokestops and 2 bases... and I always see plenty of people playing when I go out... by and large pokemon go people tend to be very friendly and easy to approach to share activities like raids and lures. Blows my mind how many people I see playing. I guess I would see the same if i could look into people's homes and see them at their xboxes or whatever.
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